The 10 Shoes Experts Are Wearing Now
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- The Best Hiking, Tennis, Cardio, Walking, and Kayak Shoes
- The Best Spinning, Running, Trail Running, Marathon, and Cross-Training Shoes
The Best Hiking, Tennis, Cardio, Walking, and Kayak ShoesFor the Hiker
Winner: Salomon Elios ($90; salomon-sports.com)
Tester: Andrea Ketchmark, volunteer programs manager for the American Hiking Society in Silver Spring, Maryland
"The design of the tongue kept annoying pebbles out, the traction was excellent, even on the most slippery trails, and the overall fit was incredibly comfortable. Plus, the shoes have airflow vents to keep your feet nice and cool."
Runner-Up: Keen Targhee II ($116; keen.com)
Winner: Fila Punto II ($90; fila.com)
Tester: Alison Ojeda, head tennis coach at Middle Tennessee State University
"This shoe was the perfect choice for me -- not too light (and definitely not too heavy), and they let me move across the court with ease. They offered lots of support, but not so much that I couldn't sprint to every incoming ball."
Runner-Up: Adidas ClimaCool Divine ($100; shopadidas.com)
Winner: Asics Gel-FX ($80; asics.com)
Tester: Kristen James Gagne, a trainer and group fitness instructor at Equinox Fitness in Woodbury, New York
"These shoes offered amazing support in my heels and cushioning under the balls of my feet during back-to-back high-intensity cardio classes and an hour-long run on the treadmill."
Runner-Up: Brooks Burn 3 ($85; brooksrunning.com)
Winner: Adidas Echo Plus ($65; shopadidas.com)
Tester: Lorraine Wessels, member of the Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers club in Grapevine, Texas
"I tend to strike my heels pretty hard when I walk, and this shoe provided extra cushioning in back to lessen the impact of my steps without feeling too clunky."
Runner-Up: Reebok DMX Mega WalkR ($70; reebok.com)
Winner: Mion Current Sandal ($100; mionfootwear.com)
Tester: Marsha Henson, owner of Sea Kayak Georgia in Tybee, Georgia
"When you're going in and out of the water all day, you really want a shoe that grips wet surfaces well and dries superfast. These sandals do both -- and they perfectly conform to the shape of your feet."
Runner-Up: Teva Karnali Wraptor ($100; teva.com)
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